- Matt Safford , Digital Trends
The improved Fire OS now feels less restricting, but Amazon’s app selection is still weak.
- Harry McCracken , Techland
The online merchant's new Fire is more powerful and less quirky than its predecessors -- and its built-in tech support is a breakthrough.
- High resolution screen with 100% color accuracy
- Excellent processing speed
- Somewhat awkward button layout
- Lack of UI customization
- Lack of Google Play access
The Kindle Fire HDX offers many of the same features as the HDX 8.9” in a smaller package. While the larger HDX 8.9” does have a slightly higher resolution, most reviewers agree that this HDX still offers excellent resolution with the 1920×1200 display and also offers 100% color accuracy. Aside from the quality, Amazon also touts that the screen offers reduced glare. Engadget notes, however, that the display is actually quite glossy and can lead to issues with readability in bright light.
Thanks to a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, processing was smooth according to most. Gizmodo goes so far as to say that running anything on the HDX “is as pleasant as it is buttery smooth.”
High praises are also given by reviewers for the overall design and feel. With the first generation Kindle Fire, many found the button placement awkward. This new model seems to solve those problems by repositioning the buttons. Gigaom mentions that the power and volume buttons are easy to use even with one hand. In addition, this tablet is also much lighter than its predecessors, weighing in at 303 grams (10.7 ounces) for the WiFi only version.
For the most part, there are very few complaints. Despite improvements with some design issues, Gizmodo notes that there still are a few quirks with the button layout and an oddly angled microUSB port. One of the main drawbacks, however, is that it runs on its own OS Fire 3.0 Mojito. The new OS does offer more features; however Techland and others noticed a lack of customization in the UI; most notably the fact that it does not support desktop widgets. In addition, the Kindle does not offer access to the Google Play store.
Despite a few drawbacks, most reviewers agree that the Kindle Fire HDX is a very solid tablet. Techcrunch notes that as “general-purpose media device, it’s great.”
Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)
An excellent tablet made with Amazon users in mind
Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX sports great specs, a beautiful display, and an incredible customer service experience that truly sets it apart
For what it’s designed to do, the Kindle Fire HDX is a superstar. Amazon has always used its products to shuttle consumers to its online ecosystem, and the HDX is no different—but that’s not a bad thing at all. If you’re familiar with Amazon products, you’ll find the company’s latest tablet to be immensely enjoyable thanks to its sharp display and handsome design. It doesn’t hit all the right notes, and the device is by no means perfect, but it offers a wonderful no-fuss experience that’s perfect for the everyday consumer. The fact that is has... Full review
Breaks new ground in the mid-tier tablet space
Excellent hardware overall thanks to powerful internals
For the right kind of customer, the Kindle Fire HDX is the perfect tablet. And who is that customer? Someone who doesn't want to much more than consume content on their tablet.
For the customisation you give up, you gain simplicity and ease of use. We'd like to call this the sort of tablet you give to someone who is less than tech savvy, but those devices don't usually have such good hardware. There's not single junk part on the Kindle Fire HDX that'll spoil your experience with all of Amazon's rich content. Features like X-Ray for movies, downloadable Prime videos and Mayday wil... Full review
A premium portal for access to Amazon's various stores
Impressive spec sheets but still doesn't measure up to the competition
The idea behind the Kindle Fire HDX is something that was tried before with early Android tablets: If you can't beat the competition on equal footing, why not flank them by outmuscling the competition for cheaper? It worked for Android against Apple, but there's no reason to believe that it will work for Amazon without the user experience to match.
Though their Mayday feature is admittedly a huge feat, it's tough to overlook things like the absence of Google services. You may not think much of YouTube or an official GMail app now, but you'll notice it when it's gone. Now that the... Full review
The tablet must be given serious consideration if you are a customer of Amazon Prime
A speedy, easy-to-use tablet
Fast, well-built and great value, but some may find its OS a bit restrictive
A lovely piece of hardware
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